The Missing Link…of the Lancaster canal

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Explorer WALX

Price: £9.00

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Susan Spall

Walk Description:

For this 9km we walk along a familiar route through Haslam Park and then turn right along the towpath, will be afforded a good view of Tulketh Mill. The canal runs through quite a deep cutting and then near the terminus at aqueduct street imagine where the lime kilns were. We will then follow as far is possible its path towards the old canal basin. The start of the tram road to where it crossed the Ribble by the tram road bridge. A walk round our favourite park and Winkley Sq. gardens. Have you ever wondered what the statues are at the bottom of Lune Street?

Lancaster canal is 200 yrs. old, was nicknamed the ‘black and white’ canal, transporting coal and lime. The bridge over the Ribble was never built they were running out of money, the Lune aqueduct was more expensive than anticipated, the one over the Ribble was set to be grander.

The statues at the bottom of Lune Street are a commemoration to four mill workers who were shot down during the workers strike of 1842. In the early 1800’s the economic depression that hit England resulted in wage cuts of over 25%, on August 12 1842 around 3000 cotton workers at Chadwicks Orchard (now the site of the covered market) walked out refusing to work until they were granted a fair days pay.  

Toilets available at the park if they are open

Refreshments available at Avenham park or Parkside Cafe


It is essential to register and book in advance online.


It is advisable to wear a bum bag with a water bottle or hydration pack. Do bring a high energy snack to have on the hoof or as soon as we finish. Wear comfortable clothing that suitable for the weather. Do wear sturdy grippy shoes.

We respect people`s busy agendas and do like to start promptly. Please arrive 5 minutes early for your class and be ready to start on time.


Walk speed guide:

Gentle stroll - Gear 1 - Nice pace that you can do for extended periods. 2-2.5mph (these generally are our Wellness walks)   Easy walk - Gear 2 - Faster pace gained through technique. Expect Gear 2 at times throughout the walk with occasional photo stops. 2.5mph (Most of our 1-hour Explorer walks)   Moderate walk - Gear 2/3 - Faster again using technique and with less recovery. Very little stopping. 2.5mph-3mph+ (these are generally Total Body Walx, but also explore this pace on our Explorer and Adventure walks)   Strenuous walk - gear 3/4  (these are generally Total Body Walx, but also explore this pace on our Explorer and Adventure walks).

You are asked to contact your WALX Guide by phone, leaving a voicemail or sending an sms text to the number listed below, if you are likely to be delayed as we do start classes promptly.

Whilst we do understand that sometimes it is not possible to make a class, please be aware that we do operate a no refund policy if you give us less than 2 hours’ notice.

All activities are undertaken at your own risk. We cannot be held responsible for any injuries or accidents incurred. We undertake to deliver all classes with qualified staff and have made every effort to risk assess all WALX. On occasions it is necessary to make dynamic risk assessment decisions when there is a localised incident such as trees fallen en route, flooding, traffic changes, etc.

Please ensure your PARQ is up to date and notify us in writing if you have any change to your medical records, or physical or mental wellbeing. This should include any surgery, falls, knocks, or accidents. Thank you.

Contact details (only contact to notify if late or cancelling)

Matt 07530 813225